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200+ Inspired Ocean Names for Babies

  1. MarHeart
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "sea"
    • Description:

      The Spanish and Portuguese word for "sea" is a Top 100 name in Spain. In America, it's sometimes used as a nickname for names like Martina and Marina, but it could also plausibly stand on its own.
  2. TritonHeart
    • Origin:

      Greek mythology name
    • Description:

      The Greek god Triton was the messenger of the sea and the son of sea god Neptune. He is usually represented as a merman, the the head and upper body of a human and the lower body of a sea creature. In The Little Mermaid he is the father of Ariel.
  3. MarleeHeart
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "pleasant seaside meadow"
    • Description:

      The combined inspiration of reggae master Bob and the dog-loving romp "Marley and Me" catapulted this name up the chart in recent years. But what goes up....
  4. MoanaHeart
    • Origin:

      Maori, Samoan
    • Meaning:

      "deep ocean, sea"
    • Description:

      This Maori name, often heard in New Zealand, is an attractive, evocative choice for lovers of the ocean made famous – perhaps too famous – by the Disney heroine. Moana was also an alternate name for the heroine Ofelia in Pan's Labyrinth. Moana may also be a color name for a deep ocean blue ("lanu moana"). Moana and other Disney Princess Names are the subject of a featured blog.
  5. VaianaHeart
    • Origin:

      Tahitian
    • Meaning:

      "sea cave"
    • Description:

      A pretty, mellifluous name from the Tahitian phrase vai ana o te mato teitei, meaning "water from the cave of the high rock". The Disney heroine Moana is called Vaiana in most European countries, for trademark reasons.
  6. ZealandHeart
    • Origin:

      English place name from Dutch
    • Meaning:

      "sea land"
    • Description:

      Zealand is the English translation of the Dutch province name Zeeland (originally Seelant). It's more commonly associated with New Zealand, the Oceanic country named by the Dutch. As a baby name, Zealand entered the popularity charts for boys in 2000, but has never been given to more than 40 babies in a single year. It is used for girls as well, but with less frequency.
  7. DevereHeart
    • Origin:

      French
    • Meaning:

      "of the fishing place"
    • Description:

      An original choice for a fisherman's child.
  8. MarinoHeart
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "of the sea"
    • Description:

      Marino is an Italian first and surname with distinct crossover possibilities, having pleasant seaside undertones, and is far more unusual in the U.S. than sister Marina.
  9. MerrillHeart
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "sea-bright"
    • Description:

      Merrill, once fairly common for males, is rarely used for girls (or boys either, for that matter) with this spelling. Chef Emeril Lagasse dropped the initial E from his name and called his daughter Meril.
  10. MaelynHeart
    • Origin:

      Variation of Mae, English
    • Meaning:

      "drop of the sea; pearl"
    • Description:

      Maelyn practically doubled in use in 2019 after singer Maelyn Jarmon won that year's season of The Voice. It dropped a little the following year.
  11. GwenoreHeart
    • Origin:

      Variation of Guinevere
    • Meaning:

      "white shadow, white wave"
    • Description:

      An offbeat way to get to Gwen.
  12. KaitoHeart
    • Origin:

      Japanese
    • Meaning:

      "man, person"
    • Description:

      A Japanese name with a great meaning, a cool Kai sound, and lots of potential to become an international export.
  13. LagunaHeart
    • Origin:

      Italian place-name
    • Meaning:

      "pond, lake"
    • Description:

      Laguna Beach is a famous California spot -- though there's "goonie" teasing potential.
  14. AsherahHeart
    • Origin:

      Sumerian
    • Meaning:

      "she who treads on the sea"
    • Description:

      Asherah is probably one of the most ancient of mother goddess symbols, recorded in the pantheons of several civilisations from the tenth century BCE. As the mother to innumerable gods and goddesses, she is often depicted as having the capacity to walk on water, which makes Asherah an excellent choice for a baby born under one of the water signs of the zodiac, including names for Scorpio babies, as well as those born under Pisces and Cancer.
  15. IlukaHeart
    • Origin:

      Australian Aboriginal
    • Meaning:

      "by the sea"
    • Description:

      This Yaygir Aboriginal name is the name of two towns in Australia and is also occasionally spotted as a name. Meaning "by the sea" the name is perfect for beach-going families.
  16. KinvaraHeart
    • Origin:

      Irish, Gaelic
    • Meaning:

      "head of the sea"
    • Description:

      A rare and refined Irish place name (Cinn Mhara) turned baby name, belonging to a picturesque harbor town. As a given name, it has received occasional use especially amongst the upper classes in Britain. Lady Kinvara Balfour is an English playwright and novelist.
  17. AmphitriteHeart
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "the surrounding sea or the surrounding third"
    • Description:

      Amphitrite is a mysterious Greek mythological figure, most often cited as a sea goddess who was the wife of Poseidon. She was said to be the personification of the sea water itself and was said to be present at the birth of Apollo.
  18. DanuHeart
    • Origin:

      Celtic, goddess of fruitfulness
    • Description:

      This sprightly Irish mythology name would make an attention-grabbing choice.
  19. OceanusHeart
    • Origin:

      Mythological name
    • Meaning:

      "ocean"
    • Description:

      Oceanus was the Titan in ancient Greek mythology who rules what they thought was the body of water that surrounded the Earth. Oceanus was, appropriately enough, the name of the baby born on the Mayflower. Modern variations include Ocean, Oceana, and Oceane, a popular French name for girls.
  20. MeriHeart
    • Origin:

      Finnish; Maori "sea; Mary"
    • Meaning:

      "sea; Mary"
    • Description:

      Upbeat name that cheers you as soon as you hear it. One famous bearer is Maori feminist Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia.